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HISTORY  
INTRODUCTION

 ‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ Georges Santayana

 
EXAM BOARD EDEXCEL  
STRUCTURE OF
COURSE
UNIT:1                                                         UNIT:3  

                    

Medicine Through Time, 1250           Superpower Relations         - present                                                  and the Cold War.   1941-91

 
  UNIT: 2                                                        UNIT: 4    
 

Early Elizabethan England,               The USA, 1954-75: conflict at 

1558-88                                                home and abroad

   
ASSESSMENT

Unit 1: Written Examination; 1 hour and 15 minutes
Unit 2 and 3 (combined): Written examination; 1 hour and 45 minutes
Unit 4: Written examination; 1 hour and 20 minutes

CONTENT                 

UNIT: 1

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39. This will build on the knowledge of dictatorships and the causes of World War Two that you investigated in Year 9, whilst allowing you to explore in more depth the reasons for the establishment of a new democratic system in Germany, why it failed, and the growth of the Nazi Party in Germany. You will evaluate the different methods used by the Nazis to consolidate their control of Germany, as well as debate how they managed to transform the German economy whilst simultaneously preparing for one of the worst genocides the world has ever seen. 

UNIT: 2 Superpower Relations and the Cold War. You will finish the European story you started in Year 9 by investigating a very different type of war, one which did not involve a huge loss of life but which has had far reaching consequences. The Cold War dominated the global stage from 1941 to 1991 and many of the critical issues facing us today such as the threat of nuclear proliferation and global terrorism have their roots in this conflict.
UNIT: 3 Early Elizabethan England. This will give you a chance to investigate England in the late sixteenth century and to explore the challenges facing one of England’s most successful female monarchs at a time of intense religious conflict as well as threats from abroad. Issues covered will include the challenge of Spain and relations between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth, plus the discovery of the Americas.
UNIT: 4 Medicine Through Time. This is will provide an overview of the major developments in medicine over the last 1000 years. It will enable you to investigate the role of both religion and science in medical treatment over the centuries, including recent developments such as penicillin and the quest for cures to diseases such as cancer. A third of this unit will be devoted to an historical environment study on the British sector of the Western Front, considering injuries, treatment and conditions in the Trenches.  
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you are looking for a stimulating option that will broaden and deepen your understanding of the world around you, History is for you.  You will also be able to take part in a number of extra-curricular visits throughout the GCSE course, including a Year 11 trip to the Battlefields of the First World War in France.

What sort of person do I need to be to succeed at GCSE History?

  1. You should be interested in debating complex issues.
  2. You should be unafraid to express your opinions.
  3. You should be excited by the challenge of tackling a wide range of different topics.

You should be intellectually curious about both the past and the present.

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